This and That


  • I almost ran into a moose on my mountain bike this week. Luckily, it ran away and didn’t attack me.
  • Swipe through the photos to see the transformation on this double decker bus. So cool.
  • Best road trips in every state. We are staying home this summer, but this is a good list to have!
  • I am thinking about getting a movie projector for the back yard since we won’t be going to the theatre. This one has good reviews.
  • Tomorrow we are doing French Toast Friday. Who’s with me?
  • I showed this to the boys and now they want one!


  • New this week, the ultimate burger, a must make pasta salad, and the perfect summer dinner.
  • Looking forward to this summer book.
  • Surprising parenting tips! I am doing number 15 ASAP!
  • Need this!
  • Summer activities you can do at home.
  • Love the pink ombre color! The sky blue is pretty too!
  • No fire? No problem!
  • LOFT is having a huge 70% off sale! I have this, this, and these in my cart.
  • New Trader Joe’s products! Have you tried any? I for sure want to try #16 and maybe I need to create a corn cookie? Could be good!
  • Cute top! Also, loving this one and this one!
  • Confession, I don’t know how to braid hair and I really wish I did because my hair is getting so long. I wish I could do some cool braids this summer. I guess it’s a good thing I have boys:)
  • I could eat this every day!
  • Loving these leggings with this top!
  • Do you read one book at a time or read a few at the same time? How about TV shows, do you prefer to binge one show or watch several? I like to get sucked into one book or show at a time.
  • The perfect dessert for this weekend!
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I always read your This and that posts, but especially love this one. Love the links to parenting tips, summer activities, and Love Loft and Trader Joe’s! I haven’t commented on it yet, but I did buy your cookbook. Beautiful pictures, so many great recipes using fresh produce, and can I say the Cookie section is my favorite? More cookbooks should devote a section to cookies!

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our weekly posts. Thanks for buying our cookbook. We really appreciate the support!

  2. I am a one-book or one-show at a time person. Not sure why, but I really just enjoy diving into one completely before moving on to the next! Really looking forward to “The Baby-Sitters Club” next week!

  3. Such a stylish, handsome family you have. I am guessing the picture is from Father’s Day?
    Josh…what child would NOT want one of those playhouses? I think you need to get building ,ASAP!
    Finally, I would love for you to tackle a recipe for corn cookies. I have not tried the TJ’s offering but I am guessing they are shortbread like. Cornbread is my all time favorite go to carb so cornbread in a cookie version could be a very dangerous thing …but one I am willing to take the risk.

    1. Yes, Father’s Day weekend! Cornbread is so good. I think I will have to try a corn cookie!

  4. Maria your family is darling! And I am going to purchase that outdoor movie projector for my grandkids. What a great idea and price!
    FYI… Christina Tosi’s corn cookie recipe is THE BEST!

  5. Hi Maria,

    I definitely read one book at a time., but I watch two shows at a time. I like to have a half hour comedy that I is easy and funny as well as a drama series. So, if things get too intense in the drama, I can switch over to the comedy for a laugh.

  6. I love your family picture! I read one book at a time and do one tv at a time though mostly just watch when then are on tv. Trader Joe’s list looks so good thanks for sharing.

  7. I’ve made cornmeal shortbread cookies before with a tiny bit of sugar and they are SO GOOD.

    Also, I was never one to read more than a single book at a time, but I finally came to the conclusion that hauling a giant hardback to the gym and trying to hold it open on the stair machine is too much trouble. So if I end up with a bulky library book, I’ll save that one for home and get another one going on my Kindle for the gym.

  8. Hello,
    I saw a picture of your laundry room sink in Pioneer women magazine . I love it!

    Who was the manufacture of the sink?

    I would be so grateful if you would send me a quick email with the information

    Thank you Maria!